EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Graham Nicholson kicked a tiebreaking 36-yard field goal with 21 seconds left in regulation, and Miami (Ohio) rallied late to stun Northwestern 17-14 on Saturday.
It was the first win for the RedHawks (2-2) against against a Big Ten team since it beat Northwestern 44-14 in 2003. Miami went 13-1 that year and was ranked No. 10 in the final AP poll with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leading the way.
”It might have been a little more high scoring if Big Ben was there today,” Miami’s Chuck Martin joked after getting his first coaching win over a Big Ten foe. ”It’s hard to beat Big Ten schools. To beat a Big Ten team that Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald coaches is pretty cool for me.”
And pretty cool for Miami’s players too.
Nicholson hit the upright on a previous field-goal attempt and had another blocked. His game-winner capped a 13-play, 58-yard drive.
”Like we always say in our locker room, one shot, one kill because nothing in the past matters,” Nicholson said. ”Despite the fact that I missed those kicks earlier in the game, I still went out there and made the one that mattered.”
It was Northwestern’s (1-3) third straight loss and second shocking one at home, following a 31-24 setback to Southern Illinois last week.
Miami tied it at 14 with 7:23 left the fourth when quarterback Aveon Smith scored on a keeper. Keyon Mozee set up the touchdown after he broke free for a 66-yard run, reaching the Northwestern 1-yard line before being forced out of bounds.
Mozee led all rushers with 171 yards on 21 carries.
”They did a great job in crunch time when it needed to happen,” Fitzgerald said. ”Again, we had inopportune turnovers, the worst times to give up a couple of explosive plays when we had fit things for the most part pretty well.”
Cam Porter barreled into the end zone from the 2-yard line just 1 minute and 11 seconds earlier to put Northwestern ahead 14-7. Porter, who finished with 42 yards on seven carries, twisted into the end zone up the middle to…
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Publish date : 2022-09-25 04:15:23
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